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Stat Podcast Plan

February 5, 2016
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Stat Podcast Plan

In my course on Statistical Communication and Graphics, each class had a special guest star who would answer questions on his or her area of expertise. These were not “guest lectures”—there were specific things I wanted the students to learn in this course, it wasn’t the kind of seminar where they just kick back each […] The post Stat Podcast Plan appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social…

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What does it mean to understand statistics?

February 3, 2016
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What does it mean to understand statistics?

It is possible to get a passing grade in a statistics paper by putting numbers into formulas and words into memorised phrases. In fact I suspect that this is a popular way for students to make their way through a … Continue reading →

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My namesake doesn’t seem to understand the principles of decision analysis

January 18, 2016
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My namesake doesn’t seem to understand the principles of decision analysis

It says “Never miss another deadline.” But if you really could never miss your deadlines, you’d just set your deadlines earlier, no? It’s statics vs. dynamics all over again. That said, this advice seems reasonable: The author has also developed a foolproof method of structuring your writing, so that you make effective use of your […] The post My namesake doesn’t seem to understand the principles of decision analysis appeared…

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The normal distribution – three tricky bits

January 18, 2016
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The normal distribution – three tricky bits

There are several tricky things about teaching and understanding the normal distribution, and in this post I’m going to talk about three of them. They are the idea of a model, the limitations of the normal distribution, and the idea … Continue reading →

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McElreath’s Statistical Rethinking: A Bayesian Course with Examples in R and Stan

January 15, 2016
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McElreath’s Statistical Rethinking: A Bayesian Course with Examples in R and Stan

We’re not even halfway through with January, but the new year’s already rung in a new book with lots of Stan content: Richard McElreath (2016) Statistical Rethinking: A Bayesian Course with Examples in R and Stan. Chapman & Hall/CRC Press. This one got a thumbs up from the Stan team members who’ve read it, and […] The post McElreath’s Statistical Rethinking: A Bayesian Course with Examples in R and Stan…

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Street-Fighting Probability and Street-Fighting Stats: 2 One-Week Modules

January 11, 2016
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In a comment to my previous post on the Street-Fighting Math course, Alex wrote: Have you thought about incorporating this material into more conventional classes? I can see this being very good material for a “principles” section of a linear modeling or other applied statistics course. It could give students a sense for how to […] The post Street-Fighting Probability and Street-Fighting Stats: 2 One-Week Modules appeared first on Statistical…

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New course: Street-Fighting Math

January 11, 2016
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New course:  Street-Fighting Math

I want to teach a course next year based on two books by Sanjoy Mahajan: Street-Fighting Mathematics and The Art of Insight in Science and Engineering. You can think of the two books as baby versions of Weisskopf’s 1969 classic, Modern Physics from an Elementary Point of View. Another book in the same vein is […] The post New course: Street-Fighting Math appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and…

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Guess what today’s kids are clicking on: My presentation at the Electronic Conference on Teaching Statistics

December 29, 2015
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Changing everything at once: Student-centered Learning, computerized practice exercises, evaluation of student progress, and a modern syllabus to create a completely new introductory statistics course Andrew Gelman, Department of Statistics, Columbia University It should be possible to improve the much-despised introductory statistics course in several ways: (1) altering the classroom experience toward active learning, (2) […] The post Guess what today’s kids are clicking on: My presentation at the Electronic…

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We got mooks

November 28, 2015
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We got mooks

Columbia University’s Data Science Institute is releasing some mooks, and I’m part of it. I’ll first give the official announcement and then share some of my thoughts. The official announcement: The Data Science Institute at Columbia University is excited to announce the launch of its first online-education series, Data Science and Analytics in Context, on […] The post We got mooks appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social…

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You’ll never believe what this girl wrote in her diary (NSFW)

November 27, 2015
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Arber Tasimi heard about our statistics diaries and decided to try it out in the psychology class he was teaching. The students liked his class but a couple of them pushed back against the diaries, describing the assignment as pointless or unhelpful in their learning. This made me think that it may be that a […] The post You’ll never believe what this girl wrote in her diary (NSFW) appeared…

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